Some decades ago, the government began realizing that most of its departments and agencies could not function with speed and efficiency mainly because of the numerous rules that it had to adhere to. So it decided to encourage non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that could do its chosen work much faster and more efficiently. As a result, we now have over 32 lakh NGOs and voluntary organizations (VOs). The government spends as much as Rs 960 crore on them every year. However, over the years, the government has realized that many of the NGOs have been misusing or misappropriating public funds. Eventually, the Supreme Court’s attention was drawn to the misuse of public money through NGOs and VOs, and it asked the Centre to examine ecting a law to regulate disbursal of funds to NGOs and VOs. On Thursday, the Centre informed the Supreme Court that it was in the process of taking a fil policy decision, including the framing of a law to regulate the activities of the NGOs across the country. What has really happened is that the tion thought it had evolved a neat way of beating the frustrating rules and regulations that impede speedy functioning of the system. What it had overlooked is our kck of misusing a system and then giving it a bad me.
Monitoring our NGOs